Spaghetti Squash Pizza Crust (Gluten Free)

 

I’m so happy that spaghetti squash is finally becoming popular here and I can now buy it at supermarkets. Before I could only find it at the farmer’s market. But these are only on Saturdays, which sucked if I didn’t have time to go or plan ahead. I wanted to make a slightly lighter pizza so I used spaghetti squash as a base for the crust. It’s basically a vegetable fritter. I used egg white, Parmesan and a bit of buckwheat flour to bind it together. So it is gluten free.

This recipe makes 3 individual pizza crusts.

Ingredients:

1 medium spaghetti squash

2 egg whites

¾ teaspoon of garlic powder

1 teaspoon of salt

1 ½ teaspoon of onion powder

1 tablespoon of dried oregano

40grs grated Parmesan

2 tablespoons Buckwheat flour

Extras:

Olive oil

 

Preheat your oven to 200C/400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Slice the squash in half. Spoon out the seeds and the stringy bits of flesh. Drizzle a bit of olive oil on each piece of squash. Place the squash with the cut side down on the prepared baking sheet. Roast it for 30 to 40 minutes, depending on the size of the squash. Keep the oven on. Remove it from the oven and using a fork, scrape off the flesh. Transfer it to a large bowl. Set it aside to cool down.

Once the squash has cooled down, add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

Place a non-stick pan over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, brush it with a bit of olive oil. Add 1/3 of the squash. Press it down with a spoon and shape it into a circle. It is important that you don’t make the pizza crusts too big or too thin as they will be more difficult to flip and most likely to break. So keep that in mind.

Cook for about 2-3 minutes per side, until it gets slightly brown. The easiest way to flip each fritter is to flip the pan into a plate. Do it carefully so that it doesn’t break. It is also important that you don’t add too much olive oil into the pan before cooking the squash. You don’t want hot oil to drip onto you while flipping the fritter. Repeat for the rest.

Once your spaghetti squash pizza crusts are all done, top them with your favorite pizza toppings. Line an oven sheet with parchment paper and bake for about 10 minutes. For these I used tomato sauce, mozzarella and shredded Gouda. After the pizza was baked, I added some prosciutto, arugula and chili flakes. Enjoy!

Side note: If you want to use mozzarella, avoid using too much and make sure to pat dry each piece with paper towels. The moisture in the mozzarella can make the pizza very watery.

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Skillet Breakfast Pizza (with Greek yogurt)

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Yesterday was such a gorgeous spring day here. For the first time this year we could bike without our jackets on. We took advantage of the beautiful weather and were out pretty much all day. We went out for lunch, for ice cream and just biked around the city feeling the sun on our skin. Since the weather is quite temperamental here, if it’s sunny and warm you go outside and enjoy it. No question about it because you don’t know when you’ll have another day like that. And of course the whole city was out. People were laying in the park and having BBQs. The cherry trees are blooming. On the weekends I try to be more active on Snapchat, especially if the weather is nice. So if you would like to get a peek of Amsterdam, you can add me: cravingsinams.

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I could eat pizza at any time of the day and now that spring is here, why not a breakfast pizza that screams of spring? It’s perfect to make on the weekend. For the sauce, I made it with Greek yogurt, spices and olive oil. The only cheese I added was thinly sliced Parmesan.

This recipe makes 2 small pizzas. I used a 23cm cast iron skillet.

Ingredients:

For the dough:

3.5grs of dry yeast

1/2 cup of warm water

Pinch of sugar

1 tablespoon of olive oil

Pinch of salt

1 1/3 cups of all-purpose flour

For the Greek yogurt sauce:

120grs of Greek yogurt

Pinch of garlic powder

Pinch of cayenne

Pinch of celery salt

2 teaspoons of olive oil

For the toppings:

¼ cup of blanched edamame

6 asparagus, thinly sliced (I sliced the tips in half lengthwise)

4 slices of Parma ham, broken into pieces

20grs of parmesan, thinly sliced with a knife or grated

2 eggs

Extra:

Olive oil

 

Start by making the pizza dough; place the warm water, yeast and sugar in the bowl of the stand mixer. Let it stand for 5 minutes.

After the 5 minutes have passed, add the flour, salt and olive oil. Knead on low speed for 5 minutes using the dough hook attachment. If the dough is too sticky, just sprinkle a bit more flour and let it knead for 1 extra minute.

Then remove the dough from the bowl. Clean the bowl and then grease it with a bit of vegetable oil.  Form the dough into a ball and place it back into the greased bowl. Cover with plastic film and let it rise for 1 hour in a warm place.

Once the hour is up, place your skillet in the oven and preheat it to 230C/446F.

Mix all of the ingredients for the Greek yogurt sauce.

Place your dough in your floured working area. Divide it into 2 equal pieces. Roll out one piece about the same size as your cast iron skillet. Once your oven is hot, remove the skillet (use gloves). Pour about 1 ½ tablespoons of olive oil into the skillet and swirl it around so it covers also the edges.

Place the dough in the skillet, spread half of the yogurt sauce and add half of the asparagus, edamame, ham and Parmesan. Separate the egg white from the egg yolk in two small bowls. Only add the egg white in the middle of the pizza.

Bake for 15 minutes. Then remove the pizza from the oven and place the egg yolk on top of the egg white. Bake it for an extra 3 minutes.

Remove from the oven and repeat for the remaining piece of dough. I suggest you share this one while the other is in the oven.

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Peach & Gorgonzola Flammkuchen

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When it comes to pizzas, I prefer the ones with a thin crust. I first tried the original flammkuchen at a bar last year and really love it. Since then I make my own at home. This is my peach and Gorgonzola version.

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This recipe makes 4 flammkuchen.

Ingredients:

For the dough:

7grs of dry yeast

1 cup of warm water

Pinch of sugar

2 tablespoons of olive oil

½ teaspoon of salt

2 ½ cups of all-purpose flour

For the toppings:

200gr Crème fraiche

Salt

Pepper

150gr of gorgonzola, crumbled

2 peaches, thinly sliced

2 shallots, thinly sliced

8 strips of smoked bacon, thinly sliced

10 sprigs of fresh thyme

 

Place the warm water, yeast and sugar in the bowl of the stand mixer. Let it stand for 5 minutes.

After the 5 minutes have passed, add the remaining ingredients for the dough. Knead on low speed for 5 minutes using the dough hook attachment.

Then remove the dough from the bowl. Clean the bowl and then grease it with a bit of vegetable oil.  Form the dough into a ball and place it back into the greased bowl. Cover with plastic film and let it rise for 1 hour in a warm place.

Preheat the oven to 230C/446F. Place the oven tray where you are going to bake the pizza in the oven to get hot.

Remove the dough from the bowl and separate it into 4 pieces.

Roll out one of the pieces on a floured surface.  Then place the dough on a sheet of parchment paper.

Spread some of the crème fraiche all over the dough, except for the edges. Sprinkle some salt and pepper. Add the bacon, peach slices, shallots, gorgonzola and thyme.

Remove the hot tray from the oven. Place the flammkuchen with the parchment paper on the tray and bake for 10 minutes.

Repeat for the remaining dough.  Serve immediately.

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A few weeks ago my hubby and a friend were celebrating their birthdays at a bar. And one of the snacks the barman brought out was this sort of pizza dish.  I’ve never had it before and I couldn’t stop eating it.  A few German friends did recognize it though.  Now that I have tried it, I see it everywhere on menus.   There are different variations of flammkuchen and I wanted to try and make the one I had that night.  I tried it out last week with a no rise dough and wasn’t very happy with the results. I tried it again today, letting the dough rise for an hour and I was very pleased of how it turned out.  Really thin dough that is crispy on the edges.  This recipe makes 4 flammkuchen.

Ingredients:

For the dough:

7grs of dry yeast

1 cup of warm water

Pinch of sugar

2 tablespoons of olive oil

½ teaspoon of salt

2 ½ cups of all-purpose flour

For the topping:

200gr Crème fraiche

100gr of cream cheese, at room temperature (or Fromage Blanc)

A pinch of nutmeg

A pinch of salt

Pepper

1 red onion, finely sliced

8 strips of smoked bacon, finely sliced

 

Mix the warm water, yeast and sugar in a large bowl and let it sit for 5 minutes.

Stir in the olive oil and salt using a fork. Slowly add the flour while mixing it.

Knead the dough for 5 minutes if you are using a mixer with a dough hook attachment, or for 10 minutes if you are using your hands.

Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with plastic film and let it rise for 1 hour.

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Mix the crème fraiche with the cream cheese, salt, pepper and nutmeg.  Reserve the mixture, covered in the fridge until ready to use.

Preheat the oven to 230C/446F. Place the oven tray where you are going to bake the pizza in the oven to get hot.

Remove the dough from the bowl and separate it into 4 pieces.

Roll one of the pieces on a floured surface.  Then place the dough on a parchment paper.

With a tablespoon, spread a thin coat of the crème fraiche mixture all over the dough, except for the edges.

Top with the onions and bacon.

Remove the hot tray from the oven. Place the flammkuchen with the parchment paper on the tray and bake for 10 minutes.

Repeat for the remaining dough.  Serve immediately.

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